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Iconic figs have their skirts lifted

16 May, 2018

The figs on the Esplanade will be given a trim this week.

“Some of the lower branches dangling over the road will be trimmed for their safety, and to provide clearance for vehicles,” Environment Portfolio Councillor David Lewis said.

“We want to trim the branches growing over the road to ensure they will not be hit by high vehicles, which would damage the health of the tree.

“It would be terrible if these historic trees were damaged or caused damage to the public.”

The Esplanade between Beach Road and Main Street will be closed on Thursday, May 17, while the work is undertaken.

The project includes removing the fairy lights before the branches are trimmed and then replacing the lights.

Environment Portfolio Councillor David Lewis said the avenue of fig trees opposite the Pialba Caravan Park is a well-loved feature of Hervey Bay.

“The trees are now on the local Heritage Register,” Cr Seymour said.

“We are not sure, but it is believed that the trees are self-seeded, perhaps spread by birds.

“They were named Popp’s figs because they were in the same area as Popp’s Pond, a beautification project started by a Councillor in the 1930s.

“While the pond has been filled in, the figs have become a part of the city’s history.”